K.R. Mangalam University (KRMU) organised an Education Summit titled Towards Meaningful Education: Redefining Goal and Pedagogies on December 23, 2019 at India International Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. The theme of the summit was based on the New Education Policy (NEP) issued by Government of India in order to encourage a shift in the pedagogical practices prevalent in the country.
The keynote address of the summit was delivered by Professor Dinesh Singh, Chancellor KRMU who elucidated on the need for revival in methods of teaching. He cited the research by British economist Angus Maddison who had established that India's share of the world economy had declined from 24.4% in 1700 to 4.2% in 1950. The strength in India’s pre-colonial economy lay in its emphasis on knowledge systems and practical applicability. Prof Singh reiterated that a student needs to be introduced to blended learning which will enable a learner to apply his knowledge in real life. He specifically emphasized on the need for trans-disciplinary learning in the education system.
The summit consisted of four sessions of panel discussions. Each session consisted of discussions and deliberations by prominent personalities from academia and industry.
The first session themed Education in Today's Times for The World of Tomorrow was moderated by Ms Sunita Nagpal, Principal KRMWS Gurugram. Mr. Vineet Joshi, Director General, National Testing Agency; Mrs. Priya Arora, Principal, KRMWS, Vikas Puri; Mrs. Nikita Tomar Mann, Principal Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar; Prof. Sumanyu Satpathy, Prof. of Eminence KRMU and Prof. Shobha Bagai, Cluster Innovation Centre, Delhi University participated in this panel discussion.
Mr. Joshi emphasized on the need for having an examination system which would test the student’s individual ability rather than collective wisdom. He also emphasized fostering inquisitiveness and holistic learning. Mrs. Priya Arora explained the existing gaps in content taught and the learning outcome. She described the current structure as a marks-oriented rather than knowledge-oriented system. Mrs. Nikita Tomar Mann highlighted on the need for contextualising the content and learning. She said that a learner should be motivated and driven by the curriculum. Prof Bagai expressed that the education should help a student unlearn the conditioned predispositions. The aim of education should be to pose real life problems to students. Prof. Satpathy explained the need for introducing interdisciplinary degrees which will prepare the students for multifaceted occupations.
The second session themed Transitioning from School to University: A Seamless Passage is Key to Effective Higher Education was moderated by Ms. Suman Sharma, Principal KRGS, Greater Kailash-I, Prof. Babli Moitra Saraf, Principal, Indraprastha College for Women, DU; Dr. Jyoti Gupta, Principal, DPS Ghaziabad; Dr. Sangeeta Arora, Principal, KRMWS, G.K-II; Prof. P. Hemalatha Reddy, Principal, Shri Venkateswara College, DU and Mr. Hariharan Balagopala, Managing Director, School Live & Education Consultant participated in this panel discussion. Mr. Balagopala expressed the view that students should work with local councils since their pre-foundation years. This will help them to gain a sense of responsibility. He asserted that in the age of instant gratification, schools should make room for practical training in their curriculum. Ms. Suman Sharma explained that marks secured cannot define a student’s capabilities. She emphasized that community service is an important part of internal curriculum. Prof. Moitra explained the need for intersectionality in education. She gave an example where she explained that learning of Pythagorean Theorem should entail its applicability in real life. She also explained the role of the teacher in bringing contemporary content to the classroom. Dr. Gupta asserted the need for experimental learning and building of skills and competence in the education system. Prof. Reddy expressed concern over the current trend of awarding full marks for producing rote learning. She explained the idea that learning is not just limited to classrooms but can also happen in various extra-curricular activities like clubs and societies. Ms. Arora asserted the need for using vibrant and innovative techniques and tools in pedagogical practices.
The third session themed Breaking Barriers Across the Humanities and the Sciences-Is Digital Humanities the Answer? was moderated by Prof. Aditya Malik, Vice Chancellor, K R Mangalam University. Mrs. Yashika Bhardwaj, KRMWS Vaishali; Prof. Krishan Lal, C V Raman Chair, KRMU; Prof. Malashri Lal, Former Dean, Academics, DU and Mr. Vinod Sood, Director, Hughes Systique Corporation were panellists in this session. Mr. Sood explained that an intersectional curriculum will empower the students for employability in various industries. He explained the idea that the future of various organisations and industries depends on an amalgamation of humanities as well as digital technology. Prof Krishan Lal explained that any discipline cannot exist without any assistance from others. He reiterated that students should be encouraged to research and publish their research in the formative years of their degree. Ms. Bhardwaj explained the idea of introducing the students to skill based curriculum which will culminate in equipping the students with requisite skills and training. Prof. Malashri Lal addressed the need to bring bold changes in the existing educational system. While focusing on Digital Humanities as the future of the higher education she enlightened the audience with the tools which can complement with modern education requirements.
The fourth session themed What are Good Practices In Education? was moderated by Prof. Anita Sharma, Pro Vice Chancellor, KRMU. Dr. Suraj Prakash, Director, Bal Bharti Public School and Education Advisor, Child Education Society; Prof. Umesh Rai, Former Dean, South Campus, DU; Prof. Suman Sharma, Principal LSR College, DU and Ms. Alka Awasthi, Principal, Mayoor School, Noida were the panellists of the session. Dr. Suraj Prakash highlighted the need for learner oriented pedagogy. He explained the need for adopting hands-on training based curriculum. Ms. Awasthi elucidated the various practices adopted in her school which intend to foster sensitivity and responsibility in the students. Prof. Rai explained the need for adopting inclusive curriculum which would cater to the needs of all students irrespective of their inclinations. Prof. Sharma reiterated that each student has different potential. Hence, the curriculum should be flexible to accommodate the needs of all students.
At the end, Prof Dinesh Singh coordinated an open house session inviting discussions and observations from the audience. Many students and teachers participated in the discussion expressing their observations and enquiries. Mr. Abhilash Kishore of K R Mangalam University enquired about the challenges of adopting a project based evaluation system. Prof. Singh explained that the NEP has envisioned in adopting such a system at all levels of education.
The sessions were highly fruitful and productive. Prof Singh concluded the seminar with a vision that such discussions if adopted would go a long way in revolutionising the education system of the country.
Prof. Dinesh Singh
Mrs. Sunita Nagpal, Principal, K.R. Mangalam World School, Gurugram, Prof. Shobha Bagai, Cluster Innovation Centre, DU and Shri Vineet Joshi
Prof. Aditya Malik,
Vice Chancellor, KRMU
Prof. Krishan Lal C.V. Raman Chair in Physics KRMU
Award distribution by Prof. Aditya Malik and Prof. Dinesh Singh
Award distribution by Prof. Aditya Malik and Prof. Dinesh Singh
Prof. Umesh Rai,
Former Dean, South Campus, DU
Mrs. Yashika Bhardwaj,
Principal, K.R. Mangalam World School, Vaishali
Prof. Aditya Malik and Prof. Dinesh Singh
Prof. Anita Sharma,
Pro Vice Chancellor, KRMU
Ms. Suman Kumar,
Principal, K.R. Mangalam Global School
Prof. Malashri Lal,
Former Dean Academics, University of Delhi